I’ve been wondering if it’s time to have a serious debate about the number of aldermen in Chicago. Given the ongoing budget crisis, do we really need 50 wards? Would administration of city services be improved if we had only 25 wards? How much would taxpayers save in administrative costs if we had to support only 25 ward offices? What are the trade-offs?
The Better Government Association studied this question in depth and published a provocative report in December 2010. Read its report here.
What do you think? Poll results will be reported March 10.
[I lost my first poll, about the election, when I tried to move it and another post to another page. Both disappeared. I promise not to do that again.]